Kemena river access closed on June 10–11 for Bintulu-Jepak bridge mid-span installation

A photo indicating the section where construction works will be carried out.

By DayakDaily Team

BINTULU, June 6: A section of the Kemena river will be closed to usage starting at 6am of June 10 until June 11 to faciliate the installation of the “travelling form” on the mid-span of the Bintulu-Jepak bridge.

In an advisory issued today, Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak stated that work to lower the load-bearing frame on the east side of the cable-stayed bridge is expected to take 48 hours or until completion.


Closure of the river during the construction period is necessary as a barge will be anchored to lower the traveller which could pose risks to river users.

JKR Sarawak advised both river users and motorists to exercise caution when approaching the construction zone.

For more information, the public may contact Puan Nurnajwani at the JKR Bintulu Division Office at 086-332077 or 086-332544 or 086-332923.

Meanwhile, the iconic Bintulu-Jepak bridge, which bears a resemblance to the San Francisco bridge, had reportedly achieved 75 per cent physical completion as of February this year.

The nearly 1.3-kilometre bridge spanning the Kemena river is set to significantly shorten the route by 6.4 kilometres from Bintulu airport to Bintulu town, compared to the current 22-kilometre distance.

The bridge’s features will include decorative lighting and a vertical lift on the Bintulu side for panoramic views.

Upon its projected completion around October 2024, it is poised to stand as Bintulu’s newest and most captivating landmark. — DayakDaily